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This four-photo combo shows a scene taken on May 25, 2011, top, July 20, 2011, May 7, 2012, and May 10, 2013, bottom, showing progress made in Joplin, in the two years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed a large swath of the city and killed 161 people. In the top photo, Beverly Winans hugs her daughter Debbie Surlin while salvaging items from Winans’ devastated home which today is rebuilt.

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Joplin remembers tornado, pushes for recovery

The draft beer and whiskey shots flow freely at the sparkling new Joplin Elks Lodge 501, a distant hallway plaque the only visible reminder that three members and a bartender cleaning up after Sunday bingo died in a monster tornado that forever grafted a little-known southwest Missouri city into the nation’s disaster lexicon.


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